‘Always online’ is an everyday reality for all of us. A world without the internet is no longer conceivable. You purchase goods online and you can also check online to find out whether it is going to rain. If your internet connection is down, you can no longer use your devices, pay bills or study. But what exactly lies hidden behind that online world?
Web Science tries to fathom the technology of the internet and users, both from a technical perspective and based on the use of the internet. Why are new services developed and how do they function? Why do people use online services such as Twitter, Flickr, Google Docs, Facebook or Gmail? What can go wrong and how can this be prevented? To be able to obtain answers to those questions, Web Science combines computer science with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology. This enables us to understand how online communication is used. After completing a degree in Web Science, you will be able to assist in enabling users to communicate more effectively online and continue the development of the technology behind this communication. In the program, we focus primarily on the stable elements of the internet, rather than hype content. We will teach you the following:
- Methods and tools to analyze the internet and its users and to innovate in these areas. - How to fathom out the technical aspects of a networked technology. - How to develop further the technology and software that underlies the internet.
You practice applying your knowledge during specific Design-based Learning projects (DBL). You work together with fellow students on projects such as setting up a web shop, a web portal or a website from which nursing staff are able to observe patients remotely. You will also analyze the usage of a major website and improve the links and menu structure. In addition, you use AI (Artificial Intelligence) methods in order to improve the information available on a website, such as by means of personalization.
Web Science is an English-language major that forms a formal component of the Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering. After completing this major, you receive the Bachelor's degree certificate in Computer Science and Engineering and the degree of Bachelor of Science in Web Science.
This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).